Following Saudia Arabia, Pakistan also shows concern over 9/11 bill of US Congress

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday expressed concerns over the passage of a law by the US Congress to sue foreign individuals, entities and governments in US courts.The statement issued by ministry of foreign affairs says, “Pakistan expresses concern over the passage of a law by the US Congress.”Pakistan has been closely following developments leading to the passage of the law by the US Congress, which allows civil litigants relief against foreign individuals, entities and governments, the statement said.

It added, “Pakistan believes that the promulgation of national laws with extra-territorial application sets a dangerous precedent that is likely to further complicate an already complex global environment.”Pakistan is convinced that the world today is better served through initiatives promoting amity and cooperation, rather than xenophobia and confrontation, particularly, those targeting countries or religions, it said.

The US House of Representatives passed legislation by voice vote on Friday that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, despite the White House’s threat to veto the measure.The US had Senate passed the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” or JASTA, unanimously in May.


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